Cho­ris­ter’s sheet mu­sic and glasses are stolen

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

A THIEF made off with a pen­sioner’s glasses and sheet mu­sic be­long­ing to a choir pre­par­ing for a char­ity con­cert dur­ing a van break-in.

Cho­ris­ter Paul Relph, 74, was vis­it­ing his nephew in Tre­morfa, Cardiff, on Tues­day af­ter­noon when the pas­sen­ger win­dow of his van was smashed and a bag was taken.

In­side the bag was a pair of glasses and about 150 mu­sic scripts.

“It’s no good to any­one else but it means a lot to me,” Paul said. “I sing in a choir called Cor Co­chion Caerdydd (Cardiff Reds Choir). It’s a mixed choir and I go there ev­ery week to prac­tise in Cardiff Bay.

“It’s a so­cial choir and we don’t sing for money, we do­nate the money to char­ity – we have given to a num­ber of dif­fer­ent char­i­ties.

“At the end of Jan­uary we will be go­ing to North­ern Ire­land to sing and all the mu­sic scripts are in that bag.

“I have around 150 song notes and most of them are in there.

“I’m more con­cerned about the scripts than any­thing else. They mean so much to me and I’m re­ally up­set about it.”

Paul, from Cwm­bran, was vis­it­ing his nephew on Tweedsmuir Road when the thief struck at about 3pm on Tues­day.

South Wales Po­lice con­firmed they re­ceived a call re­port­ing the in­ci­dent and said a win­dow had been smashed and a “dis­tinct shoul­der bag with Na­tional Ge­o­graphic writ­ten on it” was taken.

A spokesman for the force said: “The bag was taken from the pas­sen­ger seat. It had mu­si­cal notes and songs and glasses in it. The in­ci­dent is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

The bass singer has been with the choir for about four years and reg­u­larly trav­els to per­form and raise money for char­ity.

The choir, which was founded 33 years ago, raises thou­sands of pounds to support var­i­ous causes.

As well as reg­u­larly singing near Cardiff In­door Mar­ket and the Old Li­brary in the city cen­tre, they also per­form at demon­stra­tions, picket lines, in con­cert halls and mu­sic fes­ti­vals.

They have pre­vi­ously trav­elled across Europe and to Pales­tine to sing.

Paul added: “I just want to get the bag back with the songs in it. The bag has prob­a­bly been thrown some­where be­cause it’s of no value to any­one else.”

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion about the break-in or the miss­ing bag should con­tact South Wales Po­lice on 101.

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